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What questions have been raised for the reader in the opening pages of The Outsider?

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What questions have been raised for the reader in the opening pages of ?The Outsider? In the opening chapters of the outsider the author leaves gaps within the story so that the reader can ask questions and interpret the book in a certain way. Some of these questions are, his relationship with his mother and where he stands within society. The big question is about his relationship with his mother?s, when he describes her death in the opening paragraphs he describes it in detached emotionless structure. This may be because he is trying to cope with the shock of his mother?s death. ...read more.

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However when he reached the home he wanted to see his mother straight away. The protagonist doesn?t give detail about her death which questions the mother?s health. The warden describes Marengo as not being able to look after his mother properly and that ?she needed nurse?, this may infer that the mother had poor health. The structure of Margeno?s opening paragraphs could infer that he was aware that his mother would die soon by the way he doesn?t seem distraught by when she died. The other question is what is occurring in country within the book as he says that he was ?cramped up against a soldier? whilst on the bus, which brings up the question is there a war occurring and whether it?s a civil war or not. ...read more.

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Also the warden says that he earns ?modest income? which seems like a polite way of saying that he seem to be poor, however the care may cost a lot of money. Since the reader is not being given much information on where he works it?s hard to make an assumption. He uses the imagery of ?the smell of petrol? which creates the image of a congested city. The opening pages leave various questions as the protagonist doesn?t go into to detail when describing his emotions, people or his surroundings. His relationship with his mother isn?t very clear, or the state of the mothers health before she died. ...read more.

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